I'm not saying you were all rainbows and puppy dog tails, you had your moments. I lost a friend my age, and watched others around me deal with the death of loved ones. You brought on many questions, deep thoughts, serious conversations and stress, but through all of it I came out stronger in the long run.
In January I got to spend time with family and friends followed by a trip home in February for a movie premiere, where I tried nasty jelly on popcorn and painted my face in a theater. In March I got introduced to an amazing group of people who were part of a college ministry, they would later become my close friends and the ministry ended up becoming my life. I road tripped it for 16 hours to the University of Illinois with two friends for the national pre vet symposium. There I got offered to spend the summer in the Caribbean working at a vet school, an offer which I ended up turning down. I got to know my roommate/"sister", Amanda, on that trip. The rest is history. In April I worked with the college ministry to put on our "Party in the Park" for the university, and low and behold the local children's home was doing an event in the park on the same day. That was the first of my tugs towards working in the children's ministry, a tug which eventually ended up being a call. In May classes ended and I moved in with Amanda, and we started a summer of crazy college parties and good times all around. May 30th - August 7th saw me working with no days off, but the time flew by and I made time to be a crazy college kid and STILL make it to work the next day. I got my Boxador puppy in July, he was just 6 weeks old and tipped the scales at 7 lbs. He's now 7 months old and weighs 55 lbs. September brought me back down to earth as classes fully got into session, Pre Vet club started back up and my Vice President position kept me busy, I joined the FFA and got pulled into all the Ag drama. Paradigm ( the college ministry) go back into gear and consumed my life. October brought on the beginning of a wonderful friendship with a guy from paradigm. I attended a leadership conference in Glorietta and finally accepted the calling to children's ministry. School and all my activities continued there. November continued the growth of that awesome friendship and brought on many deep conversations. Thanksgiving came and went and lead straight onto December, where I spent the first week taking all of my finals but one. I went with some friends from paradigm and the youth from church to a hockey game in amarillo where I finally got to achieve my dream of playing one of the games on the ice between periods. Luckily I had my friends with me. I also got put on the screen for dancing between plays with the same friends. After that I said goodbye to my Portales family and came home for Christmas break. And that about sums everything up in a big nutshell.
2010, I'm am excited to see what big things you're going to entail. I'm expecting big things to happen, and I'm positive they will! I can't wait to see what I have to say a year from this very moment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!